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    Challenge Technic Embarks on Strategic Expansion in 2024: New Aircraft, Enhanced Stations, and an Expanding Customers

    Challenge Technic, the maintenance arm of Challenge Group, is poised for a strategic expansion in 2024, highlighted by the addition of new aircraft to the Challenge group fleet, the opening of a new maintenance station, and a broadening customer base. As it enters its sixth year, Challenge Technic has solidified its reputation as a beacon of reliability in the aircraft MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) sector, servicing over 35 airlines with passion, precision, and fair pricing. "Challenge Technic focuses not on being the cheapest, but on maximizing flight hours for clients, ensuring minimal turnover thanks to its stellar reputation," says CEO and Accountable Manager, Erlingur Petur Ulfarsson. The year 2024 is set to be a landmark year for Challenge Technic with several significant developments: Fleet ......read more

    ECS Group And CMA CGM AIR CARGO: A New Chapter In Air Transport

    Strategic Partnership: ECS Group and CMA CGM AIR CARGO join forces to improve operational efficiency and service quality. Operational Efficiency: Commercializing CMA CGM AIR CARGO 's air freight capacities enhances market presence and performance. ECS Group, a global leader in GSSA, proudly announces a strategic worldwide partnership with CMA CGM AIR CARGO, a division of CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air, and logistics solutions. Starting April 1, 2024, ECS Group will be appointed as CMA CGM AIR CARGO GSSA, commercializing air freight capacities on flights operated by CMA CGM AIR CARGO. By joining forces, ECS Group and CMA CGM AIR CARGO aim to redefine industry standards in operational efficiency, service quality, and technological innovation. Together, they will pioneer innovative solutions and deliver a ......read more

    Hamad International Airport Further Expands into Southeast Asia with Garuda Indonesia

    Daily flights from Jakarta to Doha by Indonesian airlines ‘Garuda Indonesia’ Doha, Qatar: Under the partnership of Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport (DOH) announces the commencement of daily flights from Jakarta to Doha by Indonesian airlines ‘Garuda Indonesia’, further enhancing connectivity between Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Starting from 4 April 2024, the flight from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) to Hamad International Airport (DOH) operates daily in a 393-seater Boeing B777-300 aircraft. This strategic partnership with Garuda Indonesia complements Hamad International Airport’s existing extensive network in Southeast Asia through its national carrier Qatar Airways, which operates three daily flights to Jakarta, three daily flights to Bali, and three weekly ......read more

    Biometrics Holds The Key To Smarter Digital Travel

    New SITA white paper highlights how biometric-driven IT solutions are being successfully rolled out around the world   5 April 2024 – In 1930, there were only around 6 000 passengers travelling by air. By 1934, this had risen to just under 500,000*. Fast-forward to 2019 and it had exploded to 4 billion travelers. In fact the International Air Transport Association (IATA) projects 8 billion air travelers annually by 2040. The demand for air-travel is booming. To prepare for this, 425 major construction projects (worth around US$450 billion) were already put underway at existing global airports. The industry also invested in 225 new airport projects in 2022, according to the Centre for Aviation. Bricks and mortar infrastructure is only part of the solution though. Without state-of-the-art, adaptable digital solutions, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Explores New Horizons In The Middle East With The Launch Of Its Newest Destination

    Abu Dhabi, UAE - In a move to broaden its network and enhance connectivity within the Middle East, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the addition of Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia, to its growing list of destinations, increasing its total number of Saudi gateways to four. The airline is set to expand its footprint by launching flights to one of Saudia Arabia’s most captivating regions. Beginning 24 June 2024, Etihad will link Abu Dhabi’s Zayed International Airport directly with Al Qassim’s Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (ELQ) with four weekly flights. Reflecting on the new service, Arik De, Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer at Etihad Airways, said: "Launching the new service to Al Qassim this year is not just about introducing a new ......read more

    Turkish Airlines receives three Airline Economics Aviation 100 Awards following $900 million aircraft acquisition.

    The national flag carrier of Türkiye won the "Global Lease Deal of the Year", "JOLCO Deal of the Year" and "Supported Finance Deal of the Year" awards for three separate innovative aircraft transactions at the Airline Economics Aviation 100 ceremony in Dublin. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 04 April 2024: Turkish Airlines, the globally renowned aviation provider, was a recipient of three financing awards at the 13th Airline Economics Aviation 100 ceremony held in Dublin— following the airline’s significant investment of $900 million for the acquisition of eight new generation innovative aircraft. The national flag carrier won the following awards across three categories: “Global Lease Deal of the Year, “JOLCO Deal of the Year”, and “Supported Finance ......read more

    Cathay marks a year of solid progress in its pursuit of sustainability leadership

    Cathay’s 2023 Sustainability Report underscores its new and ongoing commitments, and progress in advancing sustainability through collaboration As Cathay continues to take important strides towards establishing itself as a sustainability leader, it is pleased to announce the release of its 2023 Sustainability Report, which underscores its ongoing commitments and progress in achieving its sustainability goals together with its customers, business partners, regulators and people. Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam said: “Sustainability is inherent in Cathay’s purpose – to move people forward in life. We understand that achieving this purpose in a sustainable and responsible manner for current and future generations requires collective efforts. By embracing the collaborative ethos of ‘Greener ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Resumes Flying to Tripoli, the Capital of Libya

    Turkish Airlines starts flying to Tripoli, the capital of Libya as of March 28th, 2024, again. Being the airline that connects Africa to the most destinations in the world, Turkish Airlines operates 62 destinations across the African continent. The flag carrier will operate flights to Tripoli three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. During the inauguration ceremony at Mitiga International Airport, Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi stated; "As Turkish Airlines, we feel the excitement of connecting continents, this time in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. We are delighted to start flights again to Libya, with which we have historical ties.  We will continue to bring cultures together in Africa, as in many continents.” Turkish Airlines, which flies to 130 countries and 346 destinations, continues to ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand Maintains Double-Digit Growth in February

    04 April 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for February 2024 global air cargo markets showing continuing strong annual growth in demand. Total demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), rose by 11.9% compared to February 2023 levels (12.4% for international operations). This is the third consecutive month of double-digit year-on-year demand growth. Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), increased by 13.4% compared to February 2023 (16.0% for international operations). This was largely related to the increase in international belly capacity accompanying growth in passenger markets (29.5% year-on-year increase), which far exceeded international capacity on freighters (3.2% year-on-year increase). "February’s demand growth of 11.9% ......read more

    Embark on an Unforgettable Escape this Eid Al Fitr at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

    An enchanting staycation awaits at these oceanfront resorts where you will be treated to the pinnacle of hospitality excellence • Book 5 nights or more before April 30 to enjoy 20% savings on the best available rates along with a complimentary daily breakfast ​Dubai, UAE (April 2024): If you’re looking for a true escape from the ordinary this Eid Al Fitr then look no further. The idyllic land of the Maldives beckons for adventurers seeking an unforgettable sojourn and Four Seasons Resorts Maldives are the perfect choice to savour a magical holiday that will defy all expectations. This Eid Al Fitr, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa welcome guests to indulge in a sublime getaway that will offer all you need to create cherished memories with your loved ......read more

    Ooredoo Kuwait Unveils Exclusive Roaming Packages for Umrah Pilgrims

    Kuwait – April 3rd, 2024- During the peak travel season for visiting Saudi Arabia in the last days of Ramadan and performing Umrah rituals, Ooredoo Kuwait, the country’s leading telecom company in integrated and innovative communication services, has unveiled its new and distinctive offers for comprehensive roaming services dedicated to customers planning to visit the Kingdom in the upcoming period. To ensure that these travelers maintain seamless communication with their loved ones, friends, and families in Kuwait, without concerns about exorbitant roaming charges or service disruptions, Ooredoo presented a special plan for both current postpaid and prepaid customers during Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr. It's noteworthy that both new and existing customers can seamlessly activate the roaming offer through their Ooredoo ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Expands us capacity with Inaugural Boston Flight

    Etihad Cargo has launched a fourth gateway destination in the US, operating its inaugural flight to Boston on 31 March. The carrier will operate four flights per week to Boston, bringing Etihad Cargo's total number of US flights to 33 per week, including daily double flights to New York, daily flights to Chicago and Washington and a weekly freighter to Chicago. Etihad Cargo will offer an additional 50 tonnes of cargo capacity per week to the US via the Abu Dhabi-Boston flight. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has expanded its US network and will offer increased capacity to the region with the introduction of a new service to Boston, Massachusetts. The carrier's inaugural flight arrived on 31 March, commencing the regular service that will ......read more

    DXB gears up for Eid Al-Fitr and spring break influx of travellers

    3.6 million guests expected to pass through DXB this fortnight Dubai, United Arab Emirates – April 2, 2024: Dubai International (DXB), the world's leading airport for international passenger traffic, is gearing up to welcome an estimated 3.6 million guests from 2-15 April, as the week-long Eid Al-Fitr holiday coincides with spring break. During this period, the daily traffic is set to exceed 258,000 guests on average, with particularly busy weekends forecasted. Saturday, 13 April is expected to be the busiest day, with total guest numbers soaring to 292,000.   Whether travellers are returning home for the holidays, arriving in Dubai to partake in the festivities, or simply passing through, Dubai Airports, together with airlines and service and commercial partners, is committed to ensuring a truly memorable ......read more

    Dubai Making Significant Strides Towards Achieving Certified Autism Destination™ Certification

    Dubai marks World Autism Awareness Day with significant progress in its journey to becoming a Certified Autism Destination™ Issam Kazim: ‘A key factor driving our rapid progress is the entire industry moving together in one cohesive direction’ Myron Pincomb: ‘Dubai’s record-breaking pace reflects the strong community support and leadership from key partners’ Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 02 April 2024: In an update to mark World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, it has been announced that Dubai is on record pace towards becoming a Certified Autism Destination™. Just over one year into the process, driven by Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), the city is firmly on track to becoming the first Certified Autism Destination™ in the Eastern Hemisphere. As ......read more

    Dubai Airports and Dubai Autism Centre plant sunflowers for World Autism Day

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 02 April 2024: Dubai Airports, operator of the world’s biggest airport for international travel, and Dubai Autism Centre (DAC) joined hands to mark World Autism Day with a special sunflower planting ceremony. The event, held at DAC's gardens, aimed to raise awareness about autism and highlight Dubai Airports ongoing efforts, together with its strategic partners, to create a smooth and accessible travel experience for all guests travelling through Dubai International (DXB). This initiative also underscores their support for Dubai’s journey towards becoming an Autism-friendly destination. Majed Al Joker, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Airports, said: “We’re committed to creating an inclusive journey for every single guest, because we recognise that we all experience the world ......read more

    Hamad International Airport and Japan Airlines Forge Strategic Partnership, Launching Daily Flights between Doha and Tokyo

    The inaugural flight marks a historic moment in Middle East aviation Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH) has announced the commencement of daily operations by Japan Airlines, linking Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) in Japan with Hamad International Airport in Qatar. The inaugural flight, operated on 31 March 2024 by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft with a capacity of 203 seats, marks the first-ever flight to the Middle East by a Japanese airline – signifying a historic moment in the aviation industry. Commenting on this historic partnership, Sujata Suri, Senior Vice President of Finance and Procurement at Hamad International Airport, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Japan Airlines to the Middle East through its renowned hub in Doha. The launch of Japan Airlines’ daily flights from Tokyo Haneda to Hamad ......read more

    The Next Chapter for Bell's H-1 Helicopters Begins

    Dubai, UAE (April 1st, 2024) – The first Bell AH-1Z set to receive the Structural Improvement Electrical Power Upgrade (SIEPU) modification to be provided by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc (NYSE:TXT) company, under a contract with the U.S. Marine Corps, has arrived at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center. SIEPU modifications optimize the aircraft to improve mission capabilities, aircrew safety, and interoperability by increasing the electrical power capacity on the aircraft and support the integration of additional cabin capabilities. SIEPU marks the start of the next chapter in the life of domestic H-1 helicopters, following the completion of the U.S. Marine Corps Program of Record in November 2022. "The Bell AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom provide the backbone of attack and utility aviation support in the various ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates Inaugural Flight To Boston

    First flight from Abu Dhabi to the vibrant American city touched down on 31 March 2024 Boston is now the airline's fourth destination in the United States, joining Chicago, New York and Washington, along with services to Toronto in Canada New route to Boston Logan International Airport offers business and leisure travellers gateway connections across the Middle East and India Abu Dhabi, UAE — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, touched down for the first time in Boston on Sunday, marking the launch of regular services between Abu Dhabi and the US city, strengthening ties and enriching travel options for passengers. The inaugural flight, EY147, was celebrated at Abu Dhabi Airport before take-off, and on arrival in Massachusetts, Etihad’s captains waved UAE and US flags from the cockpit ......read more

    Akasa Air - India's fastest-growing airline, commences operations from Doha's Hamad International Airport

    Now connects Doha and Mumbai with four non-stop flights a week Bringing the category defining Akasa experience to Doha, at affordable fares Doha, 30 March 2024: Akasa Air, India’s fastest-growing airline, commenced operations from Doha, connecting it with Mumbai, with four non-stop flights a week.The inaugural flight on 28th March 2024 departed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai at 1745hrs IST and arrived at Hamad International Airport in Doha at 1940hrs AST. According to Qatar’s National Tourism Strategy 2030, the country aims to attract 6 million visitors every year. The route, launched in response to the growing demand for air travel between India and the State of Qatar, will provide enhanced connectivity and cargo capacity facilitating trade and tourism between the two ......read more

    flydubai adds two destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    The Dubai-based carrier announces services to two destinations in Saudi Arabia with the launch of twice-weekly flights to Al Jouf and Red Sea International flydubai grows its network to 129 destinations in 58 countries Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 March 2024: flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, has announced today the launch of services to two destinations in Saudi Arabia. This includes the resumption of flights to Al Jouf and the start of operations to Red Sea International. Flights to Al Jouf Airport (AJF) and Red Sea International Airport (RSI) start from 18 April and will operate twice a week from Terminal 2, Dubai International (DXB). Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: “we are pleased to further expand our network in the GCC with the launch of flights to Al Jouf and Red Sea ......read more

    Culinary Travel Guide: Exploring the World Through Its Flavours

    Let’s be honest, do you look forward to the food as much as anything else on holiday? Just us? Well, at the very least, we can all agree that food stands as a universal language, capable of bridging gaps and bringing people closer together. There’s nothing better than enjoying your favourite dishes from where they originated from, all whilst discovering new flavours and combinations you’ve not tried before. Culinary travel opens a gateway to this vast world of flavours, inviting you to not only taste but experience the essence of each destination. Food tourism is big business, with the global culinary tourism market expected to reach $1,796.5 billion by 2027, with around 53% of travellers describing themselves as food tourists. The world is a big place, so if you want to experience the best food and drink you can ......read more

    Emirates Adds Saf On Flights From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

    Dubai, UAE, 27 March 2024: Emirates has commenced the activation of its fuel agreement with Neste this month at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Over 2 million gallons of blended SAF will be supplied into the fuelling system at Schiphol Airport over the course of 2024. The airline will track the delivery of SAF into the fuelling systems and environmental benefits using standard industry accounting methodologies. Emirates' partnership with Neste, announced late last year, represents one of the largest volumes of SAF that the airline has purchased to date. Once fully supplied into Amsterdam Schiphol's fuelling system, the blended SAF will have been comprised of over 700,000 gallons of neat SAF. The airline is also working with Neste to supply SAF into the fuelling systems at Singapore Changi Airport in the next few months. Adel ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Welcomes Easter with Exceptional Hospitality and Exclusive Hotel Packages

    Hop into a world of luxurious fun as Ras Al Khaimah hotels offer irresistible holiday experiences for the whole family, ensuring endless entertainment and excitement.   Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 27 March 2024: Treat yourself to an extraordinary Easter holiday in Ras Al Khaimah, where exclusive hotel offerings promise exceptional festivities. Whether it's beachfront retreats, desert adventures, or cultural explorations, this destination, in collaboration with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, presents a wide variety of options among serene landscapes tailored for an unforgettable Easter celebration.   The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert:  Farmhouse: Experience an egg-stravagant Easter Brunch on Sunday, March 31st, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring live cooking stations, Burrata delights, ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum award AED1m research fund

    The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Zayed National Museum have selected recipients of the Zayed National Museum Research Fund. Launched in 2023, the Zayed National Museum Research Fund supports research into the culture and history of the UAE, preserving the legacy of the nation’s late founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Ten researchers were selected from a total of 77 applicants from 19 countries. The recipients include researchers from the UAE, Oman, Egypt, India, China, the US, the UK, Australia and Poland. Grants from the AED1 million fund were awarded by a panel of experts that included representatives from the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum. Projects were chosen based on criteria including research methodology, experience, outcomes, and ......read more

    Etihad Cargo and Astral Aviation celebrate inaugural Flight Strengthening Abu dhabi-Nairobi Connection

    Etihad Cargo and Astral Aviation operated the inaugural Nairobi-Abu Dhabi flight on 21 March 2024 following the signing of an MOU that expanded the partnership between the two carriers.   As part of the capacity sharing agreement, Etihad Cargo's partners and customers will benefit from capacity on board Astral Aviation's weekly flights from Nairobi to Abu Dhabi, with regular services commencing on 28 March 2024.   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, in partnership with Astral Aviation, a leading cargo airline with extensive African network coverage, successfully completed the inaugural flight from Nairobi, Kenya, to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 21 March 2024. This flight marked the commencement of a promising collaboration following ......read more

    Experience an Egg-Straordinary Easter Celebration across Sun Siyam resorts in the Maldives

    Male, Maldives, March 2024: Sun Siyam Resorts invites guests to embark on an egg-stravagant Easter celebration across its luxurious properties, offering exclusive experiences and irresistible offers for an unforgettable holiday experience. Siyam World Guests can immerse themselves in the whimsical world of "Rise of the Guardians" at Siyam World Maldives from March 26th to April 5th, 2024. Enjoy an exclusive chef residency by British Chef Brad Carter, musical entertainment by DJ Tayla Moss, football camps for kids led by UK football legend Wayne Bridge, and mind-blowing performances by Magician and Illusionist Mohammed Mountassir. Additionally, guests can indulge in delectable culinary delights crafted by Chef Brad Carter and participate in various family-friendly activities throughout the resort. Sun Siyam Iru Veli and ......read more

    Wizz air Abu Dhabi Shares love of Travel This Ramadan with an Incredible Flash 20 Percent Sale on Tickets

    The national airline enables travel dreams to take flight with fares starting from 99 AED during the holy month 20 March 2024, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, is celebrating Ramadan with an unmissable promotion on selected routes for travel lovers looking to discover must-see destinations. The flash promotion is applicable for bookings made on 20 March, with travel dates to destinations, including vibrant cities and natural paradises across its ever-expanding network, available until 30 June 2024*. The selected routes are now available on wizzair.com and the WIZZ mobile app, both accessible in Arabic. With Wizz Air, ultra-low-fares are just a few clicks away! The second largest airline in Abu Dhabi is allowing travellers to book a well-deserved vacation to discover hidden ......read more

    3 simple tips for that seamless visa application journey

    By Sumanth Kapoor, Head – KSA and Bahrain, VFS Global Travel has been growing exponentially in the last few years, and 2024 seems to be no different. As we start moving into the summer season, we see increased demand for visas for travel during the Eid break and school holidays. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan that summer sujourn. Plan ahead: As you make your plans, choose your destinations and create those holiday budgets, research the visa requirements for your destination country. Ensure you have all the necessary documents and information ready before submitting your application. Document checklists for each category are available on our website and the websites of the respective Embassies and Consulates.  Check on the timelines: Timelines for visa processing are clearly outlined on the relevant ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Lounge Business honours once again UEFA Champions League memorabilia exhibit “The Starry Journey”

    New themed display features items used by world-famous football stars including Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others    Turkish Airlines the first official airline partner of the UEFA Champions League, offers its Business Class passengers a unique journey to relive some of the most iconic moments from tournaments history.   Following the success of last year’s exhibit, launched in March 2023 the new display showcases iconic items from the European teams with the most appearances in Champions League history.   Dedicated football fans can marvel at the 33 jerseys, 33 match balls, and two pairs of football boots, representing 33 iconic teams from Germany, England, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Türkiye.   The unique exhibit also features signed shirts ......read more

    Celebrate Eid Al Fitr with Holidays by flydubai

    Holidays by flydubai offers attractive deals to a selection of destinations for passengers travelling from the UAE between 06 April and 14 April Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 March 2024: flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, is offering attractive holiday packages for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr holiday period. Passengers from the UAE can travel to a selection of exciting destinations on the carrier’s network. The Eid holiday packages cater to passengers looking for a relaxing beach retreat or a short city break. The special deals are available for booking by 31 March for travel between 06 April and 14 April 2024 and include return flights and a hotel stay of up to four nights. For a relaxing beach retreat Langkawi and Penang from AED 2,649 per person Iconic for their lush mangroves, pearl-white beaches and unforgettable ......read more

    SalamAir Strengthens its Presence in Iraq

    17 March 2024: SalamAir, Oman's first low-cost airline, celebrated the grand opening of its new office in Baghdad on March 9th, 2024.  The ceremony, held at the Al Asal Building, 14th Ramadan St. Al Mansour district, marked a significant milestone for the airline. His Excellency Hamed Ahmed Eidroos, Ambassador of Oman in Iraq, attended the event and highlighted the historic significance of SalamAir's arrival in Baghdad.  The ceremony also welcomed the presence of the Kuwaiti Ambassador and the Yemeni Ambassador to Iraq, alongside distinguished guests from various authorities, airports, and esteemed trade partners from Baghdad and across Iraq. This new office marks the first of an Omani airline in Iraq, symbolizing a crucial step forward.  After a 20-year hiatus in direct flights between Oman and Iraq, ......read more

    Qatar Airways GCEO Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer Outlines Vision for the Future of Qatar Airways

    A new era of innovative growth including exciting product reveals are in the pipeline   In a major development, the GCEO said a new First Class cabin will be introduced by Qatar Airways His strategy for Qatar’s national carrier includes pioneering innovation in digital technologies, products, fleet growth and employee engagement as Qatar Airways continues its global expansion Dubai, UAE, 16 March 2024 – Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, has revealed several major new developments in line with his vision for the future of Qatar Airways. Designed to invigorate the global airline and its group of businesses, his roadmap for success includes innovation as the key pillar, which is reflected in Qatar Airways’ upcoming products and services – including the ......read more

    IATA Announces First Signatories to Air Cargo Digitalization Leadership Charter

    15 March 2024 (Hong Kong) -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of the IATA Digitalization Leadership Charter at the IATA World Cargo Symposium in Hong Kong. Cathay Cargo, CHAMP Cargosystems, Global Logistics System (HK) Company Limited, IAG Cargo, IBS Software, LATAM Cargo, and Lufthansa Cargo are the inaugural signatories of the charter. The Digitalization Leadership Charter aims to accelerate the air cargo industry’s digitalization journey by committing to five key guiding principles. Developed in consultation with IATA’s Cargo Advisory Council Members, airlines and the wider air cargo community, the charter seeks to drive innovation, enhance efficiency, and promote a sustainable and harmonized digital transformation. Central to the charter is the importance of data sharing using ......read more

    Etihad Reports February 2024 Traffic Statistics

    2024 YTD 2023 YTD Feb-24 Feb-23   2.9 million 2.0 million 1.4 million       1.0 million                  Passengers                      87% 88% 89%             88%   Passenger load ......read more

    AJET, new brand of Turkish Airlines, has started ticket sales

    AnadoluJet, established as a sub-brand of Turkish Airlines in 2008 to meet the air transportation needs with more advantageous options, has started its ticket sales under the name "AJET" on its official website ajet.com as of March 12. Established as a successful brand of Turkish Airlines, AnadoluJet has reunited over 150 million guests with their loved ones in 16 years. Now under its new name and scope, AJET is aiming to above clouds on March 31 to offer more modern, comfortable, and accessible experience for its guests while planning to be a prominent low-cost airline of a global scale and further strengthen its competitive position in the market. AJET, which will operate flights to a total of 93 destinations, including 41 domestic and 52 international, with its fleet of 95 aircraft during the summer season of 2024, ......read more

    Flying into the future, ATM 2024 will address sustainability and innovation in the aviation sector

      ATM 2024 will bring together the world’s leading airlines and aircraft manufacturers to discuss the latest developments in the aviation industry Sustainability and innovation are redefining the sector and will be under the spotlight during the four-day industry showcase Highlighting the importance of startups in the travel and tourism industry, ATM has partnered with the Aviation X Lab and Intelak Programme Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 March 2024: Exploring the future of aviation, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which takes place from 6-9 May at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will host prominent international airlines and aircraft manufacturers to discuss the latest industry innovations and solutions. Transformative areas that are likely to be high on the agenda are sustainability and the role of startups and ......read more

    Turkish Technic Provides Component Pool Services to Silk Way West Airlines for Boeing 777F Fleet

    Turkish Technic, the Istanbul-based leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, has recently signed a component pool agreement with Silk Way West Airlines, one of the youngest Boeing 777F fleet operators with ongoing orders. Through this agreement, Silk Way West Airlines will have access to spare parts pooling and MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) services for the required components. Additionally, the operator will benefit from short and fast transport routes within Turkish Technic’s global supply chain network, including AOG (Aircraft on Ground) support for time-critical components. Commenting on the new agreement, Mikail Akbulut, CEO of Turkish Technic, said: ‘‘We are delighted to have taken the first step towards a long-term cooperation with Silk Way West Airlines. With decades of experience ......read more

    Progress Report: Sustainability, Digitalization and Safety in Air Cargo

    12 March 2024 (Hong Kong) -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reviewed progress in digitalization, safety and sustainability at the opening of the IATA World Cargo Symposium with the aim of accelerating progress on these critical priorities. “Air cargo volumes are now firmly back to pre-pandemic levels. The challenge now is to ensure that air cargo growth is efficient, safe and aligned with achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Through the hard work of the air cargo industry, the building blocks are in place to significantly accelerate progress in all these areas,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo at the World Cargo Symposium (WCS), which opened in Hong Kong, today. Digitalization “The biggest opportunity for the air cargo industry is digitalization. This has ......read more

    MATAR Concludes Annual Safety Campaign at Hamad International Airport

    12 March 2024 Doha, Qatar: As part of its ongoing commitment to operational health and safety standards across its operations, the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management (MATAR) successfully conducted its annual MATAR Safety Campaign at Hamad International Airport (DOH). Operating under the theme 'Safety Commitment, A Legacy We Build Every Day', the MATAR Safety Campaign was designed to stimulate continuous enhancement in operational health and safety (OHS) management. The campaign aimed to further promote a safety-first culture across the award-winning airport, encouraging employee participation in all safety initiatives, strengthening the reporting of safety concerns, and cultivating strong relationships between the airport its stakeholders, and workforce. The campaign offered comprehensive workshops and ......read more

    Zayed International Airport Terminal Named “Best Airport at Arrivals Globally”

    ACI World’s annual ASQ Awards recognise airport excellence in customer experience Winners voted for by over 600,000 passengers globally Customer experience “setting a benchmark for airports worldwide” Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 12 March 2024: Zayed International Airport has been named “Best Airport at Arrivals Globally” by the Airports Council International at the 2023 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. This year’s results recognise ASQ Award winners as being the world’s best airports for the quality of their customer experience, as selected by passengers, who provided feedback in close to 600,000 surveys. Elena Sorlini, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, said: “Receiving accolades is always gratifying, but there's a distinct honour in ......read more

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    Turkish Technic Has Reached a Milestone in its First A330P2F Conversion

    Turkish Technic, a leading MRO company certified as Part 145 and Part 21 J&G organization, has embarked on A330P2F conversions in collaboration with Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), the center of excellence for Airbus Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions.  As the first MRO company to operate as a conversion house directly collaborating with EFW for A330P2F, Turkish Technic has recently achieved a key milestone by performing the Upper Frame Shell (UFS) cut-out and successfully locating the new UFS, which is a key step for the installation of the main deck cargo door. The first ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Becomes Melbourne Victory's New Principal Partner

    Turkish Airlines is glad to announce its partnership with Melbourne Victory Football Club, becoming the Principal Partner of the esteemed professional sports team for the next three years, commencing for the 2024/25 season.  With a rich heritage of supporting a myriad of sports disciplines and teams worldwide, Turkish Airlines brings to this partnership a legacy of fostering athletic talent and sportsmanship. By joining forces with Melbourne Victory, a club celebrated for its spirit and achievements, Turkish Airlines not only extends its vast portfolio of sports engagements but also ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Introduces 'Turkish Airlines Red' in Collaboration with Pantone Color Institute™

    Flying to more countries than any other airline, Turkish Airlines, has partnered with Pantone Color Institute™️, the global color authority, and named its hallmark red color of its logo as "Turkish Airlines Red" in celebration of its first flight to Australia, the 6th continent. This collaboration symbolizes a new chapter in the flag carrier's illustrious journey, marking its expansion into new territories and the enhancement of its brand identity. The introduction of 'Turkish Airlines Red' comes at a time when Turkish Airlines continues to achieve ......read more

    Emirates supports customers observing the Holy Month of Ramadan

    Dubai, UAE, 8 Mar 2024: Reflecting the spirit of togetherness and generosity during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Emirates will be serving thousands of meal boxes for fasting passengers both onboard and at boarding gates, screening an array of religious content and popular TV shows on ice, and offering traditional Ramadan dishes in the lounges. Ramadan refreshments in the lounges At the Emirates lounges in Dubai International Airport (DXB), traditional Arabic sweets, dates and coffee will be offered during Ramadan. Meals available in First and Business Class lounges will include a ......read more

    Emirates collaborates with Tourism Ireland to increase inbound traffic

    Berlin/ Dubai, 7 March 2024: Emirates has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tourism Ireland to boost inbound tourism to Ireland through the airline’s global network of more than 140 destinations. The MoU was signed by Thierry Aucoc, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe and David Boyce, Head of Emerging Markets at Tourism Ireland. Under the collaboration, Emirates and Tourism Ireland will seek to explore joint advertising campaigns to boost visitor traffic to Ireland from key strategic markets across the Emirates network including Australia, ......read more

    VFS Global witnesses 15% increase in visa volume in 2023

    Visa application volume from UAE in 2023 grew by 15% compared to 2022 and 145% against 2021 Revised operational timings announced for Ramadan With the growing demand for international travel over the past few years, VFS Global has witnessed a 15% surge in visa applications in 2023 v/s 2022, and a whopping 145% growth since borders reopened post-pandemic. Popular destinations preferred by travellers from UAE in 2023 were Canada, France, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Türkiye and United Kingdom (in alphabetical order). Monaz Billimoria, Regional Head - UAE, VFS Global, said, ......read more

    F-16 Block 70 Jets Set Off on Historic Ferry Flight to Bahrain: A New Era in Air Defense

    GREENVILLE, S.C., March 7, 2024 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today marked a significant milestone with the departure of the first ferry cell of three F-16 Block 70 jets from Greenville, South Carolina, to Bahrain. This event highlights Bahrain's role as the first Gulf Cooperation Council member to operate the F-16 and now the first to integrate the F-16 Block 70 variant into its fleet. To date, Lockheed Martin has produced five F-16 Block 70 jets for Bahrain, with an additional 11 in various stages of production and testing. The initial aircraft are performing flight test ......read more

    Emirates signs MoUs with Icelandair and GO7 with plans to develop deeper cooperation

    Berlin, Germany 7 March 2024: Emirates has signed MoUs with Icelandair and travel technology and ticketing specialist W2 and AirBlackBox (ABB) by GO7 to develop deeper commercial cooperation. The move comes as the airlines look to leverage each other’s networks, in addition to using modern tools for more efficient combined air and rail ticket connections. Both the MoUs will set the framework to establish potential codeshare cooperations across the networks of each respective airline in addition to expanding intermodal programmes  offered by virtual interlines across ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub and Tim Aerospace Break Ground on one of the Region's Largest MRO Hangars

    The new facility caters to wide-body aircraft and will be completed by 2025 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7 March 2024: The Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH), the aerospace platform of Dubai dedicated to the advancement of the aviation industry, and Tim Aerospace broke ground on its new hangar at Dubai South. The new facility will be built with the maximum allowed design dimensions, making it one of the largest wide-body capable aircraft MRO hangars in the GCC, with a capacity for up to five wide-body aircraft of any type, excluding the A-380. The ground breaking ceremony ......read more

    Emirates and ITA Airways sign MoU, planning extended cooperation for codeshare

    Berlin, Germany 6 March 2024: Emirates and ITA Airways have today inked an MoU for the expansion of their existing interline into a full codeshare partnership. Once activated, the codeshare will boost travel options and connection choices for customers travelling between Dubai, Italy and beyond. The MoU signed today will establish the foundations to strengthen the partnership between both airlines, creating one-stop connections to popular cities across Italy and wider Europe with ITA Airways, and opening up simpler and faster journeys to the Emirates network from Dubai with the best ......read more

    IATA Welcomes Nominations for 2024 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

    6 March 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) opened nominations for the 2024 Diversity and Inclusion Awards. Nominations are welcome from all individuals or organizations in the aviation sector and will close at 23:59 CET on 17 April 2024. This is the fifth edition of these annual awards which focus on recognizing excellence in diversity and inclusion in three categories: The Inspirational Role Model Award recognizes a woman holding a senior position within the air transport industry who has had a significant impact on the aviation agenda through her strong ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand up 18.4% in January

    06 March 2024 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for January 2024 global air cargo markets indicating a strong start to 2024. Total demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), increased by 18.4% compared to January 2023 levels (19.8% for international operations). This significant upturn marks the highest annual growth in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs) since the summer season of 2021. Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs), was up 14.6% compared to January 2023 (18.2% for international operations). This was ......read more

    H.E Khalifa Al Zaffin opens the largest edition of MRO Middle East and AIME

    Day one hosts inspiring sessions, with key themes of sustainability, connectivity, technology and innovation set to define the future of the MRO and interiors sectors DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 5 March 2024 – His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South, today opened MRO Middle East and Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) 2024. Running until 6th March, the co-located events are welcoming leaders from across the global aviation supply chain at a time where the industry is on a strong upwards trajectory, ......read more

    Emirates Park Zoo and Resort joins Abu Dhabi Municipality for beach clean-up, promotes marine conservation

    Abu Dhabi – March 04, 2024: Emirates Park Zoo and Resort, a leading destination for wildlife enthusiasts, demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by spearheading a beach clean-up drive at Bahia Beach. The initiative, aimed at safeguarding marine ecosystems, involved the removal of litter and debris from the coastal areas, aligning with the organisation's dedication to preserving the environment. Organized in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Municipality, Emirates Park Zoo and Resort aims to foster a cleaner and healthier environment for both wildlife and visitors ......read more

    Business France to showcase the French Aerospace Expertise at AIME & MRO Middle East 2024

    March 5th 6th Dubai World Trade Center United Arab Emirates – Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French Economy announces the participation of A dedicated French Pavilion at the Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) & Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Middle East 2024 exhibition, set to take place in the UAE. In partnership with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, this initiative aims to highlight the cutting-edge capabilities and innovative solutions offered by 22 French companies. The Middle East, a ......read more

    Middle East's commercial aircraft services market value forecast to more than double to $28 billion by 2042

    Dubai, 4 March 2024 – The Middle East’s commercial aircraft services market will more than double in value by 2042, according to Airbus’ latest Global Services Forecast (GSF). Growing to $28 billion from $12 billion today and registering a 4.4% average annual growth, the regional expansion will surpass the global average growth of 3.6%. Today, five of the world’s largest aviation cities are in the Middle East, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, serving more than 10,000 long-haul passengers per day. Airbus estimates 3,120 new passenger and freight aircraft deliveries ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo hosts discussion on the future of air freight in global trade at MC13

    Event brought together leading world experts to tackle the hot topics of logistics, global trade and supply-chain efficiency Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi: “Today’s important discussion underlined the potential impact of advanced technologies on global trade – and the urgency with which we need to now integrate them”   Dubai, UAE, March 1, 2024 – Emirates SkyCargo, one of the largest international cargo airlines, has hosted discussions on the hot topics in logistics and world trade and the challenges faced by the global supply chains, on the sidelines of ......read more

    flydubai wins two awards at the Aviation Achievement Awards

    The Dubai-based carrier wins the prestigious “Airline of the Year” award at The Aviation Achievement Awards 2024 flydubai Cargo was also recognised for its “Outstanding Contribution to the Air Cargo Sector” Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 01 March 2024: flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, was recognised in two categories at the Aviation Achievement Awards. The carrier was named “Airline of the Year” while its cargo division was also recognised for its “Outstanding Contribution to the Air Cargo Sector”. These are the first awards that ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports appoints Memac Ogilvy as new lead creative agency

    Agency will support award-winning airport group in unlocking the full growth potential of Abu Dhabi's tourism and trade industry. [Dubai, UAE – February 29, 2024] - Memac Ogilvy announced today that it has been selected by Abu Dhabi Airports, the operator of Abu Dhabi’s five commercial airports, as its new strategic and creative agency of record. Memac Ogilvy’s role will encompass strategic and creative responsibilities for the brand’s commercial, free zone businesses, and social media platforms. The focus will be on generating innovative ideas and experiences ......read more

    2023 Safest Year for Flying By Several Parameters

    28 February 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its 2023 Annual Safety Report for global aviation. Aviation continues to make progress on safety with several 2023 parameters showing “best-ever” results. There were no hull losses or fatal accidents involving passenger jet aircraft in 2023. However, there was a single fatal accident involving a turboprop aircraft, resulting in 72 fatalities. There were 37 million aircraft movements in 2023 (jet and turboprop), an increase of 17% on the previous year. Report highlights include: The all ......read more

    IATA and The Weather Company Collaborate to Provide Enhanced Turbulence-Related Weather Data to Airlines

    22 February 2024  – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is expanding the transmission of its Turbulence Aware data for use within industry-leading aviation solutions by The Weather Company, which serves a majority of North American commercial airlines and many others globally. With this enhancement, participating airlines can now access Eddy Dissipation Rate (EDR) turbulence data directly through Fusion™ and Pilotbrief® tools by The Weather Company. IATA Turbulence Aware will be enabled as an additional data layer within these tools, allowing pilots, ......read more

    Recognising Team Effort: Dubai Airports launches OneDXB Chairman Award to celebrate delivering exceptional guest experiences

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 22 February 2024: Dubai Airports, operator of the world's number one airport for international passenger traffic, celebrated excellence within the airport community, by honouring individuals from key service partners at the inaugural OneDXB Chairman's Award. The OneDXB Chairman's Award was launched to inspire and motivate members of Dubai's airport community, comprising thousands of employees representing multiple entities, and foster a one-team approach, putting guests at the centre of every experience. Encouraging people to go the extra mile and bring the ......read more

    Dubai Customs Raises Awareness among 5150 Cruise Ship Passengers about Its Measures to Combat Counterfeit Goods

    Dubai – 20 Feb 2024: Dubai Customs is actively contributing to the transformation of Dubai into a prominent global and regional hub for cruise tourism. The department is dedicated to raising awareness among travelers on cruise ships, acquainting them with the laws to prevent the entry of counterfeit goods into the country, and playing a crucial role in thwarting such attempts at the borders of the Emirate of Dubai. To promote intellectual property rights protection, the department organized an educational event at the Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal, delivering lectures to over ......read more

    Middle East airports expanding in a fast-forward mode to handle zooming passenger numbers

    Dubai to host the world’s largest airport industry show in May Ahmed bin Saeed: “The exhibition is the best to source cutting-edge technologies and innovative products for better operations.” Up to US$2. 7 billion investments for DXB expansion  Middle East airports to handle 1.1 billion passengers by 2040 US$151 billion is required for ME airport capacity expansion  Global airport construction market to reach US$1.8 trillion by 2030 ME to be the world’s fastest-growing aviation market by 2033 The region has 110 commercial airports and 69 ......read more

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